Step-by-step advice on planning, developing, funding, and maintaining education outreach partnerships between research centers and museums. This 50-page guide is an updated and consolidated version of the older "Small Steps, Big Impact" guide posted online. Helpful for both science museum and research center planners, this 2013 edition is available both as a free 25-page landscape-view PDF download and as a handy 50-page 6x9 printed booklet that can be ordered for $12 including shipping from the Museum of Science, Boston.
Small Steps, Big Impact: An Online Guide for Science Museums Developing Partnerships with University-Based Research Centers
This online guidebook offers strategies for science museums to use in developing and carrying out grant-funded education outreach partnerships with university-based researchers and research centers. An abridged, revised, and updated version is available in PDF or booklet form at http://www.nisenet.org/partner_guide Both versions were produced by the Strategic Projects Group at the Museum of Science, Boston, for the NISE Network.
What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? Step down in size to find out the answers and learn about different types of units that are used to measure very tiny things. This children's book may be downloaded for free from or purchased in hard copy at www.lulu.com or www.amazon.com. See Resources tab for links.
As scientists develop the ability to work at levels thousands of times smaller than a human hair, a new world of possibilities—and critical concerns—opens up. This three-part series created by Fred Friendly Seminars explores the social, ethical, and personal implications of advances in nanotechnology. Hosted by Peabody award-winning journalist John Hockenberry, each program asks policymakers, researchers, and activists to wrestle with difficult but essential issues that will impact the environment, human health, public safety, and individual privacy.
This report documents a study conducted at the Exploratorium to characterize how visitors depict the concept of small. The study looks at visitors’ drawings in order to inform the design of diagrams, animations and other visualizations that help the public visualize and learn about the nanoscale in informal learning environments.